robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (49-52)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].

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(R) *****
Graduation Day, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who like YA dystopic thrillers -- HMH, 6/14

(R) ****
The Espressologist, by Kristina Springer -- recommended for those who like YA romance, those who like coffee (ha), and those who like fluffy, quick reads -- FSG, 10/09

[Relentless, by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs -- highly recommended for those who read the first (Powerless, those who like *superhero paranormal tales, those who like suspense/mystery, and those who like sweet YA romance -- Sourcebooks Fire, 6/16]

[Defending Taylor, by Miranda Kenneally -- highly recommended for Kenneally fans, for those who like **contemporary tales, those who like strong though vulnerable (ie, not perfect) girls, and those who like YA romance (mild GLBT along with hetero) -- Sourcebooks Fire, 7/16]

* Funny thing: I'm not that into superhero tales, but this duo is so well done and filled with anti-cliches (ha). I like the entire group of kids, and I like how they work together and grow to be open minded throughout.

** In this Kineally tale, the sport (soccer) takes a backseat to political stuff. I definitely liked it, but I felt like Taylor's dad (a senator) really overreacted...of course, I also thought Taylor had a pretty immature outlook at the beginning, though that's one of the things which made the story so strong to me (her growth).

On Deck: So I went to PLA (Public Library Association conference) this week, and that means I have ~50 ARCs to read...I'm pretty excited. :D
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